No Justin, you do not have to listen to some cranky left-wing liberal from the boonies of Ontario. When we first met four years ago, you were as easy to read as an open book. You had a direction and you were on your way. And we wish you well. Do not get us wrong on that. You are going to be the next Prime Minister of Canada. All you have to do is keep your word and be yourself.
There are two current problems with this. The first is keeping your word to the Liberal Party about open nominations (Read more…)
A man of principle
This is a mess. Justin Trudeau and his advisors had better get on to this debacle post haste, reveal all the facts and communications, and make sure the principle of open nominations is adhered to. If we start retreating from opennes and transparency before the election is here, we will not form the next government. And congratulations to Zach Paikin for taking a principled stand (my underlining): But a letter sent to Innes by Liberal national election readiness chief David MacNaughton and obtained by the CBC has suggested the move may have been driven by a (Read more…)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Liberal Party of Canada for accrediting me to cover their biennial convention in Montreal. As both a delegate and a blogger, I enjoyed myself immensely at the convention.
A few shots from last weekend’s Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Montreal.
2014 Liberal Biennial, a set on Flickr.
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Andrew Leslie, former Canadian forces commander in Afghanistan, now adviser to Liberal Party chief Justin Trudeau, has been busy recently defending his $72,000 moving expense, particularly from attack by the Conservatives. Apparently the expense was within appropriate guidelines, so I have no intention of joining in that quibbling.
I am, however, concerned about his views on defence policy,
Another priority resolution I’m interested in following is Resolution 159 – Fracking.
There is some conjecture that the reason the federal Conservative government is keen on developing the airport lands to allow for the fast tracking of a fracking project.
Brian is well known to many members of the Liberal Party. He has toured the country delivering electoral district association training. His message is to build strong riding associations to ensure an electoral success.
He will endeavour to continue touring the country – if he’s in a riding, he’ll deliver his training program. His plan is to formalize the training program as a function within the party. Again, he reiterated the strength of the party lies in the strength of local riding associations.
We spoke about past presidents talking to the media – he will not address the media without (Read more…)
Our contingent of bloggers had a wide-ranging briefing this morning in with Liberal Party of Canada national director Jeremy Broadhurst – you may know him from the popular new Twitter meme, #SelfiesWithBroadhurst. Lets start with a few stats. About eight or nine bloggers have been accredited to the 2014 biennial – its unknown how many are Conservative spies. Some six Senators registered, so watch out for them, NDP spies. There were 2500 delegates pre-registered when online registration was closed, and more will register on site. As off last night, over 2000 were on site. For last night only, local Liberals (Read more…)
Yesterday, the convention opened with a conversation about the economy between Toronto Centre MP Chystia Freeland and Larry Summers. An interesting discussion about the importance of the health of the middle class being the core principle to maintaining the economy. Mr. Summers made mention that this is more important than protecting the banks – it’s likely true, but our banks are not at risk of failing the same way as American banks are due to a lack of vigorous regulation down south.
The theme of this convention will be the economy. Panels will be focused on reviewing economic growth and (Read more…)
I have begun posting some photos to the Progressive Bloggers site and more will be coming through the weekend. They’ll stream automatically as they get added.
I have arrived in Montreal and have checked into my hotel. I’m staying kitty corner from the Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des congrès de Montréal) and I’m looking forward to getting coverage underway.
If you’re reading the blog, and you’re at the convention, stop by the bloggers area in the Main Hall (517).
Remember, I’ll be tweeting (@progright) and you can see what other things are going on my Storified page.
In my view, the single most important policy resolution at this week’s convention in Montreal is the prioritized number 31, which should significantly reduce our democratic deficits. That resolutionreads: 31. Priority Resolution: Restoring Trust in Canada’s Democracy* BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party pursue political reforms which promote: Open, democratic nominations of candidates; Fewer “whipped” votes in Parliament and more “free” votes requiring individual MPs to assume full responsibility for their decisions; Stronger Parliamentary control over public finances, including an annual deadline for the budget; accounting consistency among the Estimates and the Public Accounts; more clarity in voting (Read more…)
There are a great number of prioritized policies up for debate at the 2014 Liberal Biennial Convention in Montreal. To go into each one, would need a month’s worth of blog posts.
Readers of my blog will know that I have long advocated against the development of a new international airport in the City of Pickering. Unfortunately, the policy proposal I authored to Protect the Pickering Lands and subsequently prioritized by Central Region did not make it to the biennial.
The proposal to build an airport is irresponsible. In the absence of a business case, it represents a dangerously reckless (Read more…)
It seems that the leaders of all three poltical parties in the province of Ontario sense that voters want change. Premier Wynne, leading a minority Liberal government, was rejected by voters in the two byelections, but says change is wanted: Real Change Wynne?
After writing off the byelections as “skirmishes” that aren’t indicative of how things will go in a general election, Wynne vowed that the Liberals will do better whenever the campaign is held. “I know people are looking for change in this province,” she said. “Well I’m the change. My plan is the change. My team (Read more…)
Leading up to the 2014 Liberal Biennial Convention, you can read Jeff Jedras’s interviews with candidates for the national executive and some exit interviews for outgoing members at his blog.
*I’m on my BlackBerry and for technical reasons can’t currently edit more than the top few paragraphs of this post. But below, the former LPC(BC) president should be David Merner, not David Bertschi.From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. Last week, I published interviews with some of the table officer candidates. This week, I finish with the candidates for party president. Two contested elections will be held for national board positions at the Montreal biennial – national membership secretary, and party president. The two (Read more…) . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberal Party of Canada presidential candidate Interview: Brian Rice
From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. Maryanne Kampouris won a contested election at the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Ottawa as national policy chair and, with no one stepping forward to contest the position, she’ll begin a second term later this month in February. Kampouris, who calls a farm between Ottawa and Montreal home, is a former LPC(Ontario) policy chair and (Read more…)
From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. With Matthew Certosimo deciding to not seek election as Liberal Party of Canada national membership secretary, two candidates have stepped forward to contest the position – Leanne Bourassa from Quebec and Arif Khan from Alberta. While Certosimo’s term was focused on a leadership election and the creation of the supporter category, either Bourassa or Khan will face new (Read more…)
From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board.
With Matthew Certosimo deciding to not seek election as Liberal Party of Canada national membership secretary, two candidates have stepped forward to contest the position – Leanne Bourassa from Quebec and Arif Khan from Alberta. While Certosimo’s term was focused on a leadership election and the creation of the supporter category, either Bourassa or Khan will face new (Read more…)
As you’ve seen on here if you follow me, the Liberal Party’s Biennial Convention is coming up this month. As you also know, I’ll be there as an accredited blogger to cover the policy resolutions passed, and the elections, and so forth. Since that has been known, I’ve had some Liberals email me from Liberal-land who say not everything is all roses with the record haul of money we brought in last quarter.
One specific quote, which I asked if I could do verbatim (provided I keep the person anonymous) was this, where the person said and asserted the following:
From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. Chris MacInnes won a contested election at the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Ottawa as vice-president-English and, with no one running against him this time around, has been acclaimed to a second term, which will begin at the Montreal biennial later this month. MacInnes, who calls Halifax home, brings some East Coast flavour to the (Read more…)
Justin Trudeau made the commitment yesterday.
“Well a lot of them are going to die soon, anyway.”
If Justin Trudeau is able to piss further, it is by standing on the shoulders of such giants as Pericles and George Washington.
In what is considered by just about every single Canadian media’s analysis a “bold move”, Justin Trudeau just removed senators from the Liberal caucus. No other adjective can describe this action as the CBC,